Coriolanus

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 6

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MENENIUS

This is unlikely:
He and Aufidius can no more atone
95Than violentest contrariety.

MENENIUS

That’s unlikely. He and Aufidius can’t agree on anything other than to fight each other.
Enter a second Messenger
A second Messenger enters.

SECOND MESSENGER

You are sent for to the senate:
A fearful army, led by Caius Martius
Associated with Aufidius, rages
Upon our territories; and have already
100O’erborne their way, consumed with fire, and took
What lay before them.

SECOND MESSENGER

You’ve been called to the Senate. A frightening army, led by Caius Martius and in conjunction with Aufidius, rages in our territories. They’ve already overcome everything in their way, burned it, and took whatever was left.
Enter COMINIUS
COMINIUS enters.

COMINIUS

O, you have made good work!

COMINIUS

(to the tribunes) Oh, this is all your fault!

MENENIUS

What news? what news?

MENENIUS

What news do you have? What news?

COMINIUS

You have holp to ravish your own daughters and
105To melt the city leads upon your pates,
To see your wives dishonour’d to your noses,—

COMINIUS

You’ve helped to rape your own daughters and melt the city’s lead roofs on your own heads, to see your wives dishonored before your own eyes—

MENENIUS

What’s the news? what’s the news?

MENENIUS

What’s the news? What’s the news?

COMINIUS

Your temples burned in their cement, and
Your franchises, whereon you stood, confined
110Into an auger’s bore.

COMINIUS

Your temples have been burned down to their foundations, and your political power reduced to the size of a pinhole.

MENENIUS

Pray now, your news?
You have made fair work, I fear me.—Pray, your news?—
If Martius should be join’d with Volscians,—

MENENIUS

Please, give us your news now. You’ve made your point, What’s your news?
If Martius has joined with Volsces—